Wright Brothers

Jerry Kenney

On April 24th Dayton History will hold it’s highly anticipated annual open house at Hawthorn Hill.  The hilltop Oakwood mansion has been wonderfully preserved and this past week WYSO toured the Wright Brothers' former home with Alex Heckman, outreach coordinator for Dayton History and Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman speaks first on the home’s history.

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Remembering The Wright Company's Star Exhibition Pilot

Dec 28, 2015
Rich and James French Collection

There’s a headstone in a Cape Cod cemetery that features a Wright Flyer. It’s the grave of James Clifford Turpin, a Dayton native who was once a star pilot of the Wright Company’s Exhibition Team. Turpin and his fellow aviation pioneers helped to bring flight to the whole country—but it’s likely you’ve never heard of him and once his flying career ended, he never spoke of his adventures. Commentator Paul Glenshaw has his story.

The 'First-Flight' photograph.
Wright State University Archives

Ohio lawmakers have passed a resolution that repudiates Connecticut's claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight.

The measure cleared its final hurdle on Wednesday when state senators unanimously approved it. The Ohio House passed it earlier this year.

Ohio is formally responding to a 2013 Connecticut law that honored aviator Gustave Whitehead as being two years ahead of Dayton residents Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903 flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

David McCullough's latest book about those flying brothers from Dayton, Ohio is one of the best selling non-fiction titles of 2015. So how was I able to get an interview with him? Do you think it was easy? It was not. Fortunately, I had several things going in my favor for this one. First off I contacted his publicist months before the book's publication and asked about an interview. I explained that I have interviewed David before for his biography of John Adams. His publicist mentioned that David would be coming to Dayton for an event. These were positive developments.

Ohio Weather Forces Innovation In Early Flight

Jul 6, 2015
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

The rainy weather had our aviation commentator Dan Patterson a little frustrated. And he has some thoughts about Dayton weather and the early days of flying.

The great writer, poet and pilot, St. Exuperey wrote in 1939, "A pilot's business is with the wind, and with the stars, with night, with sand, with the sea.  He strives to outwit the forces of nature."

For flyers, the weather is the constant variable.  It determines where you're going to fly, if at all, and this weather lately...makes flying a challenge.

A large mural of Paul Laurence Dunbar greets visitors to the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton.
Jerry Kenney

The birth of famed poet and Dayton native, Paul Laurence Dunbar, will be celebrated this month. Both, Wright Dunbar, Inc. and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park are hosting several events to commemorate and honor the poet.

WYSO spoke with Mary Mathews at Wright Dunbar about the planned events and the legacy Dunbar left for his hometown.  See full event details in the official press release below the interview (WYSO is not responsible for the written content below).

The Wright-B Flyer
Jerry Kenney/Wright State University

Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough, has written a new book about the Wright Brothers – it’s a window into the world of the two young men who gave mankind one of it’s greatest achievements – flight.

wright-brothers.org

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A descendant of the Wright brothers is headed to the Ohio Statehouse to defend the Ohio aviators' place in history as the first to make a successful airplane flight.

Amanda Wright Lane is great-grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright. She is scheduled to testify Tuesday in favor of a resolution that challenges Connecticut's insistence that one of its aviators beat the Wright brothers to the skies by two years.

Photo of NAHA display

The factory where the Wright Brothers built their original plane will produce another airplane soon - a new replica of the Wright-B Flyer is scheduled to take flight in 2016.

The announcement came from Jay Jabour—president of Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. standing just outside the Wright Company factory in Dayton.

Jabour told the attending press, “The opportunity to build a look-a-like of the 1911 airplane in the original 1911 factory is really exciting.”

courtesy of wright-brothers.org

Republican congressman Mike Turner is advocating for national parks funding to purchase the Wright Brother’s original manufacturing facilities in Ohio, as debate intensifies over rights to the first-in-flight title.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner will be in Dayton today alongside Amanda Wright Lane of the Wright Family Foundation to discuss efforts to purchase the Wright Company Factory buildings and include them in Dayton's aviation history park.

The buildings are the first U.S. facilities specifically designed and built to manufacture airplanes.

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